|"Green Leaf..." original form|
I was editing photos(This particular photo ended up not even being used - in it's original form, that is), hit a button and "bam!", this drab, not-so-pretty original photo turned into a watercolor-looking dream which I named, "Green Leaf In an Ethereal World"(see the cropped, inverted color version to the left), and the "Ethereal Series" was born...
|"Green Leaf In An Ethereal World"|
Anyone who knows me & my realistically anal approach to photography, knows I have not used Photoshop(yet, but that's another story)for any of my work - My view is, "if I can't get that "perfect" photo with just my own God-given talents than it's just not fulfilling to my soul if I have to "tweak" it to make it better"(I'm a little hard on myself *grin*)...That said, the "Ethereal Series" gives me permission to live outside my own carefully constructed photography rules box *sigh*! :D
|"A Study In Peacock Psychedelic"|
The wonderful thing about my "Ethereal" world is being able to use your imagination - whether twisted & dark or light, airy & fantastical - there is something for everyone!
Are these radiation-poisoned mutant sharks ready to leap out & strike or fairy fish gaily swimming in peace?
|"Elven Hidden Treasure"|
|"The Palm Family Relaxes"|
Is it an alien?! Portrayed in "Another Victim Lost" I think, even in "Etherealville", this guy's just a regular Joe-crab spider in it's web chowing down to live yet another day...
"Flying Through the Outer Limits"
|"Last Stop Before Hell"|
|"Pistachio Garden Dream"|
|"Hibiscus In Ethereal"|
I hope you had fun frolicking or screaming for your life through the samples I provided of my "Ethereal Series"...Any, all and more are available for purchase at:
*****DISCLOSURE(grins at the "formality"): When I posted this last night I was in a personal space in my head so I did not stop to think how it would come off to my fellow artists/photographers who use editing programs/tools(such as Photoshop)...That said, here's my informal explanation: I should note that in no way do I judge or think negatively of anyone for using Photoshop(or similar editing programs) for their work(unless, of course, they don't disclose same and try to pass it off as an "untouched/unedited original")...These programs do amazing, mind-blowing things to turn out wonderful works of art - Not using these programs/tools is a personal matter(Ironically, my husband bought Photoshop for me as a birthday gift back in February and I've not yet opened it - *whispers*"He doesn't take it as disrespectful...He knows my fears and that I'll work through my Photoshop "phobias" in my own time!") :D
As I stated previously, I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to photography so I have a hard time getting myself to open up to these editing programs - as gr8 as they may be - because I feel as if my talent should show up in a photograph without the use of anything else...I often envy other photographers who are more open-minded and confident in themselves that don't mind using these editing tools to get that perfection...Maybe, one day, I'll learn to let go *sighs, rolls eyes and grins like a kid*...This disclosure was approved by moi :D